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Big Hole Commercial Company Cash Books, 1907-1914
- Big Hole Commercial Company
- Big Hole Commercial Company Cash Books
- 3 volume
- Collection Number
- Collection 317, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Big Hole Commercial Company Cash Books consist of three daily cash book volumes recording transactions from 1907 to 1914. Information includes the chronological listing of each customers name, a brief synopsis of their purchases, and the amount.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Big Hole Commercial Company operated stores in Wisdom and Divide, Montana from about 1890 to 1920s. Wisdom had been settled as early as the 1880s, with the town laid out on property claimed by Alva Josiah and Hattie Noyes. One of the first stores to open in the town was owned by Joseph P. Lossl, but by the 1890s the town had grown large enough to accommodate retail competition from several parties, including the owners of the Big Hole Commercial Company. Using a branch location at Divide, a stop on the railroad line from Utah to Butte, Montana, the Big Hole Commercial Company offered general merchandise and agricultural equipment to the people of Wisdom. The Big Hole Commercial Company building in Wisdom was eventually purchased by Don and Grace Anson during the 1930s and continued operation as the Basin Mercantile Company. The Ansons were succeeded in ownership by Leonard Smith. The Wisdom store building burned to the ground in a disastrous fire on May 20, 1960.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Big Hole Commercial Company records consist of three daily cash book volumes recording transactions from 1907 to 1914. Information includes the chronological listing of each customer's name, a brief synopsis of their purchases, and the amount. The volumes most likely record transactions at the company's Wisdom location.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Three cash books from the Big Hole Commercial Company were donated to Montana State University by Cleve Seefield, Wise River, Montana on April 12, 1965. These materials were subsequently reported to the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections in 1979 and assigned control number 79-629.
This collection was processed 2010 May 19
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||Volume 1||July 12-November 9, 1907|
|2||Volume 2||November 20, 1911-January 31, 1912|
|2||Volume 3||October 10, 1910-May 29, 1914|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- General stores-Montana-Wisdom
- Selling-Agricultural machinery-Montana-Wisdom
Form or Genre Terms
- Business records-Montana-Wisdom